There was a time when people used to look down upon PCs and desktop computers and started preferring laptops. I remember when in the late 1990s my cousin sister from Canada visited us she brought an Apple laptop with her and we used to look at the bulky laptop with great awe and admiration.
Then gradually, after the introduction of iPads and similar tablets from other companies like Samsung, people started talking about the demise of both PCs and laptops and most of the people in the world started flaunting Tablet PCs.
Samsung then started manufacturing bigger smartphones and tablets and Apple followed suit with bigger iPads.
Microsoft came late into the market of tablets but when it introduced Microsoft Surface, although as a category it was a tablet, it could be easily converted into a functional laptop. It was a great hit in the market. Now most of the Microsoft Surface tablets come with a detachable keyboard so it’s basically a laptop that can also be used as a bigger tablet. In fact, most of the laptops these days can be rotated around the axis or joints and turned into functional tablets because most of the laptops come with touch screen these days.
The recent line of iPads, especially iPad Pros, are very big tablets, almost resembling a laptop screen or even a small computer screen with detachable keyboards. For many years people have been using their iPads like smaller laptops by attaching a keyboard to them. Tablets like Microsoft Surface and iPad Pro fall in the category of hybrid computers.
Recently Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took a jab at Tim Cook, the Apple CEO because three years ago, Tim Cook had made fun of hybrid computers insisting that creating hybrid computers would be like mixing up a refrigerator and a toaster.
In an interview to the Australian Financial Review, Satya Nadella said, “Three years ago, the two-in-one I as a form factor was questioned. And now guess what, even our competition has decided that it’s not a refrigerator and a toaster, but it’s actually a two-in-one.”
I have always insisted that PC desktops and laptops cannot be written-off simply because more people are using tablets and smartphones. Of course, only a select few used PC desktops and laptops even when there were no tablets and smartphones. It’s just that more people have started using mobile devices compared to 10 years ago and this is why sometimes it seems that less people are using PC desktops and laptops.
Another thing is people were forced to use PC desktops and laptops to access the Internet because it was very difficult to access the Internet, or simply impossible, using a mobile devise and even the devices that could access the Internet were quite expensive. As these devices became affordable, there was no need to depend on PC desktops and laptops to access the Internet. Therefore, lesser number of people use PC desktops and laptops – it doesn’t mean there is no use for them.
This is the reason tablets are being manufactured that can be easily converted into laptops and laptops are being manufactured that can be easily converted into tablets.
Regarding iPad Pro looking like Microsoft Surface, these things are quite common. In that sense, almost every tablet looks like iPad because that was the initial design. Almost every smartphone looks like an iPhone because iPhone was the first phone to come without a physical keyboard.